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Afternoon in Mercure, France

Afternoon in MercureView All Sizes

French Countryside near Mercure, France

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Notre Dame and Street in Beaune, France

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JOURNAL : May 10, 2002

Beaune and the French Countryside

Beaune > France

Series Beaune and the French Countryside

Arriving in Dijon

True to its name, the town of Beaune and its countryside are certainly beautiful, but that was evident on the train ride from Paris long before we even reached Dijon, where we stopped and rented a car.

Cherry Trees, Dijon

Cherry Trees, Dijon

After strolling about in Dijon we nabbed a sandwich and drove out into the countryside to eat. Down the road a bit we found a spot in a fruit orchard near some vineyards and ate lunch.

Sated, we drove south through the heart of Burgundy via Nuits St. Georges and Ladoix Serrigny to get to Beaune. All along the way were stunning vistas seemingly unchanged for centuries.

Notre Dame, Beaune

Notre Dame, Beaune

Around Beaune

Beaune is a quaint, charming jewel-of-a-town in the midst of a medieval countryside. Delicious restaurants, old cathedral, good shopping, pleasant accommodations and lots of sincere town character. The area had such an impact on us that we have since contemplated moving to the Burgundy countryside.

Near Mercure, Outside of Beaune, France

Ducks in Mercure

Lake near Mercure, France

Lake near MercureView All Sizes


One day we drove south and spent the afternoon next to a lake with some snacks and wine from a local family winery. It was pretty idyllic. Lots of luxurious grass, perfect temperature, and French ducks waddling around the lake saying qua-qua-qua. We relaxed near some trees that fed from a pleasant brook. The afternoon sun filtered through everything and gave it a warm, friendly murmur, and certainly the local wine helped lull us into bliss.

Stained Glass, Notre Dame de Beaune, France

Notre Dame, BeauneView All Sizes

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Back to Beaune

After a lazy day out in the countryside we headed back to Beaune, enjoying the landscape sweeping by.

Although we had lots of great times in France the countryside has stood out in the fondest light.

After our adventures in Beaune we took the rail to Geneva. Another day another page.

Countryside and Vineyards South of Dijon, France

Vineyards near DijonView All Sizes

One of Molliard’s Locations in Beaune

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French Countryside near Mercure, France

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Beaune and the French Countryside

May 10, 2002

Beaune > France

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